The author John Holmes once said “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” I read that the other day, and I thought – wow, that says so much about so many things in our world today. I thought about just putting that quote up for my message and leave it there, but that wouldn’t be fair now would it?
So, I know how this applies to our Highland world. When folks are here at their lowest, we are trying to lift them up. Sometimes it’s hard, but it’s always good for the heart. Our work is never easy. Sometimes folks don’t want our help. But our staff never gives up. And they tell me all the time about why they don’t give up – because of the joy that they get from helping someone. When I see a patient’s comment on our Patient Satisfaction survey that says “thank you, you saved my life” I know why we do what we do.
How does this apply beyond Highland’s walls? Well, I can tell you that what I see is that for West Virginians, helping others and lifting others up is part of the fabric of our lives. As I look back on the floods a year ago, or I look at the groups of volunteers who do so much every day like stocking food pantries, feeding the homeless, mentoring those who need a new start, making sure that those in the throes of addiction have clean needles and an opportunity for recovery, or providing free medical care, I know that we are in a part of the world who believes that helping others is good for the heart.
How does this apply to you and your world? Are you reaching out and lifting others up? How are you doing that? In this world where we are just a little off kilter right now, we need to depend on each other. We’d love to hear from you and how John Holmes’ words resonate with you. Feel free to share with us your stories of lifting or being lifted. It will be good for all of our hearts.